New York, March 18 (QNA) – US Police arrested on Saturday night dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters during a protest marking the movement’s six-month mark at its birthplace in New York’s Zuccotti Park.
There was no official tally of the number of people arrested, but witnesses said about 40 protesters were taken into custody as the New York Police Department descended on the park in force, according to (Wall Street Journal) website.
Hundreds of people streamed into the park for the six-month milestone earlier in the evening, with cake and bagpipe players in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The protesters also erected a tent reminiscent of the around-the-clock encampment that began at the site on Sept. 17, 2011, and remained for nearly three months, inspiring similar efforts across the US and overseas.
Some protesters said police used physical force to drive demonstrators from the park.
After 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, more than a hundred police officers remained in the area, with most gathered just across Broadway from Zuccotti Park. (QNA)